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De Palma (2015)

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A documentary about writer and director Brian De Palma.
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Brian De Palma ... Himself
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In the annals of Hollywood film since the artistic glories of the New Hollywood era, few have a better reputation and body of work in the field of suspense films exploring the contemporary darkness in American life than Brian De Palma. Here, the great film writer and director takes, us in his own words, through his professional life and a career that redefined film horror and suspense. All the while, he also confesses the challenges of working in Hollywood and the price even the great artists pay for being a part of it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Being a director is being a watcher


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Rated R for violent images, graphic nudity, sexual content and some language | See all certifications »
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Official site [Japan]

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USA

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English

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Де Пальма See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,355, 12 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$163,359, 29 July 2016
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Empire Ward Pictures See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Brian De Palma said, that initially there was no plan for a documentary feature, only an interview: "Noah and Jake were interested in this new digital camera, so Jake bought one. They wanted to make a record of all these stories that I'd told them over the years when we'd had dinner together, so they sat me down in Jake's living room. Jake operated the camera, Noah did the sound, and they would just ask me questions." [2016] See more »

Goofs

Home Movies is listed with 1980 as year of release instead of the real year 1979. See more »

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[repeated line]
Brian De Palma: Holy mackerel.
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Features Mission to Mars (2000) See more »

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De Palma (Main Title Theme)
Written by Nathan Johnson
Courtesy of Choplogic Music
Under license from Nathan Johnson
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More a conversation than a documentary...
24 September 2016 | by brchthethirdSee all my reviews

Brian De Palma is one of those directors whose films are very polarizing (with a few exceptions, of course). Being that he no longer works within the Hollywood establishment and his output has been drastically reduced, I guess a documentary will have to do. And boy, what a documentary! Still, the word 'documentary' doesn't really describe this film that well, since it's more like a one-on-one conversation. De Palma is very candid about his past and doesn't shy away from emphatically stating his opinions on people he's worked with and his own work. One thing that did surprise me was how little Hitchcock, his clearest influence, was brought up. Not a criticism, just an observation. Clips from VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, and REAR WINDOW are shown, though, in the context of techniques or stylistic features that De Palma learned from them. If anything, the range of artistic influences was much wider than I had ever realized before. Even if he never made another film, De Palma has left behind an incredible body of work that deserves serious study and consideration, and this documentary fills a void for everyone. It provides a nice retrospective for those already familiar and, for those not, a great place to start.


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